Renowned physicist and professor Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76.
Hawking was diagnosed with progressive and degenerative motor neuron disease in 1963 when he was 21 years old, according to Hawking.org, and given just two years to live by doctors. He’s defied those odds by more than 50 years.
On Wednesday, as news about Hawking’s death spread, leaders and celebrities shared their thoughts on the famous professor.
His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018
Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018
‘Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion’ - what an incredible human. Every time we look up at the stars we will think of you Stephen Hawking ✨ pic.twitter.com/4R1pjzIk0M— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) March 14, 2018
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Professor Stephen Hawking who has sadly passed away. Stephen's iconic computerised voice system can be heard on Pink Floyd's Keep Talking on The Division Bell, and Talkin' Hawkin' on The Endless River. https://t.co/w5pnlvsako— Pink Floyd (@pinkfloyd) March 14, 2018